WAFU Zone B U17 Champs: Ghana edges Cote d’Ivoire in semi finals
Ghana’s Black Starlets came back from a goal down to beat Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the ongoing WAFU Zone B U-17 Championships in Niger.
The Starlets had made it to the last flour after drawing with Niger and beating Togo in the group stages and were hoping to gain a confident start to the match.
However, they were stunned by a goal from the Ivorians when Seydou Traore found the net.
The Starlets fought their way back into the tie and got the equaliser through Umar Mohammed in the 40th minute.
5 minutes later, Taufiq Shaibu scored to make it 2-1 to Ghana at half time.
Cote d’Ivoire tried to get back into the game but Ghana keeper David Kudjo prevented them with a host of saves.
The rest of the team also had to hold on as Eugene Adjei Frimpong was given a second yellow card in the 75th minute.
Ghana will meet either Nigeria or Niger in the final of the tournament. The two teams meet in the second semi-final on Thursday.
Ghana starting lineup:
(1) GK David Kudjo; (13)Mohammed Abdul, Samed Karim (17), Samed Abdul (5), Nathaniel Adjei, Mohammed Umar (4); (18)Adjei Frimpong Eugene (8)Simon Appiah Asamoah (15)Abdul Rashid Fuseini; (9)Taufiq Shaibu (19)Christian Agyenim Boateng, (7)Sampson Adjepong.